The text before us is one of the strangest interactions in Mark, primarily because of its setting. Think about it. A destructive act against a fig tree was followed by a destructive act in the temple and these two acts become an object lesson for believing God for another destructive act (v. 23)! Jesus seems to use the context of destruction to encourage his disciples to faithful praying. That seems odd—until we realise that praying for destruction is necessary for fruitful construction.
Scripture References: Mark 11:20-26
An exposition of the Gospel of Mark by Doug Van Meter.
|The Feast of Faith (Mark 2:18–22)||Doug Van Meter||17 June 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Lord’s Day (Mark 2:23–28)||Doug Van Meter||1 July 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Heart and the Lord’s Day (Mark 3:1–6)||Doug Van Meter||8 July 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Identity of Jesus (Mark 3:7–12)||Doug Van Meter||15 July 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Disciple-Making (Mark 3:12–21)||Doug Van Meter||22 July 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Plundering Sinners, Plundering Satan (Mark 3:22–30)||Doug Van Meter||29 July 2018||Watch||Listen|
|The Family of Christ (Mark 3:31–35)||Doug Van Meter||5 August 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Sowing for a Harvest (Mark 4:1–20)||Doug Van Meter||19 August 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Stewardship of Hearing (Mark 4:21–25)||Doug Van Meter||26 August 2018||Watch||Listen|
|Patient for the Harvest (Mark 4:26–29)||Doug Van Meter||2 September 2018||Watch||Listen|